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Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa

As the original Singita lodge, Ebony stands steadfast amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of South Africa’s ‘big cat country.’

The lodge takes safari design and style to a new level with a fresh and contemporary interpretation of the classic safari lodge, combining tented camp and bush lodge style.

Guests are immersed in nature with huge open spaces and interiors inspired by a combination of local tribal culture and the animal kingdom.

The new Singita Ebony Lodge, located on the Sand River, is a fresh and contemporary interpretation of the classic safari lodge, combining tented camp and bush lodge style.

Inspired by the romance and adventure of tented camps, explorers’ abodes and campaign furniture, Ebony’s interiors are enhanced by the luster of well-polished ebony and mahogany woods and natural fibers in cool tones.

All this is brought to life by the rich, golden glow of old brass, hand-woven baskets, traditional khaki and beige tent canvas and exposed thatch.

The lodge comprises 12 suites, each with its own private plunge pool.

External walls have been almost completely removed and replaced by canvas and glass to create new safari tent-style suites to maximize views and space and allow guests to be immersed in nature.

Outdoor pavilion decks – ideal for dining and relaxing – are suspended off the river banks as if hanging in the trees.

LOCATION
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park, and together the two areas make up some of South Africa’s most incredible and pristine land
CAPACITY
8 Suites ideal for singles and couples travelling together. One inter-leading unit is available for groups travelling together.
2 Lewis Suites ideal for families with teenage children. The suites are right next to each other and within close proximity to the main lodge area.
2 Family Suites ideal for families with small children. The family suites include an en-suite master bedroom and an en-suite twin bedroom as well as a dining and lounge veranda area with a stone fireplace, and a private viewing deck with heated plunge pool.
1 Villa comprises the two Family Suites with access to an additional private lounge, swimming pool and deck area, which connects these two individual suites. Ebony Villa will includes a private guide and vehicle, chef, host and banakeli (personal waiter). There is a private entrance and boma, so small groups searching for complete seclusion will be at ease. The Ebony Villa is suited to up to four adults and four children under 12 years, or up to six adults and teenagers.
LIVING
Swimming pool in the main lodge area
Spa and gym facilities are available
Boutique & Gallery and Premier Wine Boutique
Television available in the library at the main lodge
DINING
All meals and beverages (including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs, but excluding French Champagne) included in your booking
Menus and meals can be designed to meet guests’ individual palates and dietary requirements
CONCIERGE
Private guide, house host, chef and house staff
COMMUNICATION
Dependent upon area coverage, there is mobile phone signal.
There is complimentary internet (WiFi) access, however due to the remote location of the lodge, the wireless connection can be slow and intermittent
TRANSPORT
Return road transfers between the Singita airstrip and the lodges included in your booking

The Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park, and together the two areas make up some of South Africa’s most incredible and pristine land.
Sabi Sand has been owned by the Bailes family who have acted as the dedicated custodians of this precious part of South Africa’s natural heritage since 1926.
With the opening of its first lodge, Ebony Lodge, in 1994, Singita’s philosophy has been to protect large tracts of wilderness and wildlife populations for future generations. Prior to the lodge’s construction, this part of the Sabi Sand had been completely inaccessible save for the resort’’s environmental team and the owner’s family.
Since Ebony Lodge opened and subsequently Boulders Lodge, guests have shared the privilege of experiencing this carefully protected part of South Africa. Spanning more than 45,000 acres, Sabi Sand is renowned for high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings.
KEY SPECIES YOU ARE LIKELY TO SEE

During your stay at Singita Ebony Lodge, you are likely to spot a great variety of wildlife, including species such as leopard, lion, rhino, large herds of buffalo, elephant, reedbuck, hyena, hippopotamus, nyala, cheetah, wild dogs and many types of birds.

Your expert guide and tracker will accompany you as you track animals on foot through the wilderness and explore the magnificent plants and landscapes around you.

We suggest a minimum age of 15 years for this activity, but participation is at the discretion of your Field Guide.

EXPERIENCES
Daily game drives with professional guides and trackers provide the perfect opportunity to get up close to Africa’s incredible animals, while evening drives reveal the elusive magic of nocturnal Africa.
Walking safaris are an incredible way to experience the bush up close and personal. Your expert guide and tracker will accompany you as you track animals on foot through the wilderness and explore the magnificent plants and landscapes around you.
Community Visits are flexible excursions to a local village to enable our guests to gain insight into daily community life and the local Tsonga culture. Guests get a chance to meet and interact with local people and to better understand this special part of Africa, which they have chosen to visit.
The resort's wine list has received numerous Awards of Excellence, the top Diners Club Wine List accolade as well as recognition from countless other local and international organisations. Personalised wine tastings within the unique ambience of each lodge’s own temperature-controlled cellar are a true guest favorite, for connoisseurs and casual tasters alike. the resort's’s experienced sommeliers are able to guide guests through a variety of wine styles, years and cultivars to find the wines most suited to their individual tastes.
Man has had a love affair with the nighttime sky for centuries and with very little pollution and no city lights to detract from the stars, your view of the heavens here will be crystal clear – nothing between you and the vast African sky above
All skin care treatments are performed in the tranquility of the Spa therapy rooms using Dermalogica products, which are naturally fragranced and suitable for both men and women. Body treatments such as massage, polishing scrubs and nourishing masks can be enjoyed in the comfort of guest suites, out on a private deck or at the spa.
Activities at the lodges are tailored specifically to suit the interests and desires of each family and babysitting services are available. In the interest of safety, participation of children in any game activities is at the discretion of their guide.
For the adventurous guest, a mountain bike ride through the reserve just can’t be beat. Your guide and tracker will accompany you as you explore the vast beauty of this rugged landscape. Mountain bikes and helmets are provided.

Rates from 1 JANUARY to 31 DECEMBER 2018

Includes
  • All meals and beverages (including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs, but excluding French Champagne)
  • Twice daily open Land Rover safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Mountain biking safaris (accompanied by experienced guides and trackers)
  • Archery
  • Return road transfers between the airstrip and the lodges
  • Laundry service
* Please note that guests wishing to check in before 14h00 and/or check out after 11h00 are required to book an additional night at the day-use rate
Excludes
  • Tourism levy
  • Telephone calls
  • Purchases from the Boutique & Gallery
  • French Champagne
  • Spa treatments
  • Transport to and from the reserve
Children
  • Children aged 10 years and older are welcome at Ebony Lodge.
  • Children aged 10-16 years will be accommodated at 50% of the adult rate when sharing a standard Suite with one adult or another child.
  • A single child accommodated in their own suite will attract the full adult rate.
  • Family Suites: These suites are suitable for families with young children.
  • If no family accommodation is available, an additional guest (10-16 years) can be accommodated in a triple on request. An additional room needs to be booked and a minimum charge of 3 adults will apply.
  • In the interest of safety, participation of children in game activities is at the discretion of the guide.
Single Supplement
A single supplement will apply if 3 or more single rooms are booked in a reservation. A supplement of 25% of the adult rate will be added from the 3rd single room onwards.
Flights
  • Ebony Lodge may be accessed by private air charter directly to the lodge or on the scheduled air services on Federal Air. Flights to the lodge can only be operated during daylight hours. Restrictions apply.
  • We can arrange scheduled flights or private charters for your trip. All flights land at the resort’s’s airstrip located 10 minutes from the lodge. On scheduled flights, the weight of luggage is restricted to 20kg (44lb) for checked baggage and 5kg (11lb) for hand luggage. Only soft-sided luggage is permitted. Johannesburg to Singita Sabi Sand: approximately 1 hour. Nelspruit to Singita Sabi Sand: approximately 30 minutes. Private aircraft pilots land at their own risk and are advised to broadcast their intentions on frequency 124,8 MHz.
Features
  • CAR RENTAL INCLUDED
  • GYM
  • KIDS' BEDROOM
  • PRIVATE CHEF INCLUDED
Different rates for using
  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 bedrooms

DAILY RATES STARTING AT

$1,820 $1,547/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.
INCLUSIONS
  • Welcome and Luggage assistance on arrival at airstrip
  • Luxury safari accommodation
  • All meals, lunch and dinner accompanied with Fine Wine
  • Full American breakfast made-to-order daily
  • Complimentary in-room minibar and cocktails
  • All game drives and guided safaris led by professional rangers
  • Traditional afternoon tea service
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • All applicable taxes and reserve fees
  • Complimentary in-suite WiFi at lodge

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Singita operates 12 lodges and camps in 5 wilderness regions across 3 African countries (South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania).
Singita’s enduring purpose is to conserve, preserve, and protect the miraculous places of which they are custodians. Singita’s concessions, reserves, and properties represent some of the most pristine wilderness areas on the continent and they are dedicated to maintaining these incredible pieces of earth for future generations.
Singita properties are the most exclusive lodges in all of South Africa. Celebrities from all over the world come to these properties–everyone from Elton John, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, to Justin Bieber.
Africa changes you forever, and to go on safari is to experience the greatest outdoor adventure holiday of them all. To live for a while in the sun and the wind, looking for lions on the boundless savannahs or watching the spectacle of the wildebeest migration is all you need for the lure of the wild to take hold.
Discerning travellers yet to go on a safari holiday should know it is possible to do so without sacrificing an ounce of comfort, staying in luxury safari camps and lodges whose facilities are the equal of any world-class city hotel, and whose romantic locations are second to none.
Even though these properties offer modern conveniences, such as spa and gym facilities, the surrounding environment is what makes these accommodations so unique. You’ll be closer to the action — so close that at times you’ll have to be escorted through the bush to your suite.
Sustainability
Unlike most safari operators, Singita is unique in taking full responsibility for the conservation of the land it operates on, ensuring eco-tourism and eco-systems work hand-in-hand.
Each property hosts researchers – often PhD students – working on issues that will have a direct impact on the region’s conservation work. In Singita Sabi Sand that could be the reintroduction of reed-buck or trends in the extensive leopard population. At the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve it may be the ongoing work to boost populations of the endangered roan antelope.
While managing and restoring the land is key, ensuring the lodges touch the earth lightly is equally important. At each property the footprint of the lodge is kept to a minimum, with everything from waste disposal to power generation constantly assessed for ways to reduce any adverse impact on the environment.
Planning a safari trip can be a daunting task.
ZEKKEI offers a wide range of luxury African safari options. We want to help you ensure that your experience is unforgettable. Choose from one of our luxury lodges at well-known rest camps. We specialize in lavish and indulgent getaways and provide once-in-a-lifetime fully guided safaris.
Booking with us is easy, hassle-free and safe, with best rates guaranteed, and we are with you every step along the way. If the camp of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
Private, insured, direct airport transfers to and from the camp can be arranged. Once on site, your resident staff will ensure the camp is kept clean and tidy. Your butler is available to cater to guests’ specific needs and can help organize activities.
Staying with us
  • Travel concierge: We listen to help you plan
  • For big villas and chalets, special rates for smaller groups (reduced occupancy)
  • Limited time deals, exclusive perks
  • The best rates, guaranteed
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